Language and Media


British newspapers and their political allegiance (1)


British daily newspapers can be categorized into Quality Papers and Tabloids

1. Quality papers

These are so called up-market papers which have the most wealthy and well-educated readerships (more than 50% of readers in the upper professional and managerial social grades). The quality papers carry the more serious news.

The Daily Telegraph

  • Type: Daily newspaper (Sister paper: Sunday Telegraph)
  • Format: Broadsheet
  • Owner: Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay
  • Editor: William Lewis
  • Founded: 1820
  • Political allegiance: Conservative/centre-right
  • Circulation: 882,413 (in 2007)



The Financial Times

  • Type: Daily newspaper
  • Format: Broadsheet
  • Owner: Pearson PLC
  • Editor: Lionel Barber
  • Founded: 1888
  • Political allegiance: Economic Liberalism/ Social Liberalism
  • Circulation: 448,241 (international, in 2008), 133,665 (U.K., in 2008)



The Guardian

  • Type: Daily newspaper
  • Format: Berliner
  • Owner: Guardian Media Group
  • Editor: Alan Rusbridger
  • Founded: 1821
  • Political allegiance: Centre-left
  • Circulation: 351,031 (in 2008)

      → Also: The Independent on Sunday

      → Also: The Sunday Times

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